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Coe Symphony Orchestra to feature the "Nutcracker Suite"

Rod Pritchard, Director of Marketing and Public Relations
(319) 399-8605 or rpritcha@coe.edu

2008-10-28 14:05:03 - General

The Coe College Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Joseph Dangerfield, will present the "Nutcracker Suite" as part of its fall concert on Saturday, Nov. 8, at 8 p.m. in Sinclair Auditorium. The concert will feature guest Austrian violinist Wolfgang Dávid and Coe music professor and organist Brett Wolgast. It is free of charge and open to the public.

The repertoire for the Symphony Orchestra concert includes "Adagio" by Tomaso Albinoni, the famous "Nutcracker Suite" by Pyotr Tchaikovsky, and "Violin Concert #2" by Henryk Wieniawski. Guest artist Brett Wolgast will perform in "Adagio," while Wolfgang Dávid will be featured in "Violin Concerto #2."

"Adagio" is based on a fragment of a manuscript of "Sonata a Tre in G minor" discovered in the Dresden State Library after World War II by Remo Giazotto, a Milanese musicologist who was completing a biography of Albinoni and a listing of his music. Only the bass line and six bars of melody had survived. Giazotto reconstructed "Adagio" based on the surviving fragment. The organ, instead of the harpsichord, was indicated in the manuscript.

"The 'Nutcracker' is undoubtedly the most beloved and famous of all of Tchaikovsky's music. Ironically, it was one of the composer's least favorite of his oeuvre," noted Dangerfield. The Coe Symphony Orchestra's performance is excerpted from "The Nutcracker Suite #1," a compilation of the most popular selections of the full ballet. The suite was first performed in March 1892, less than year prior to the composer's untimely death of cholera.

Considered to be the great violin concerto of the Romantic Era, "Violin Concerto #2" by Polish violin virtuoso Henryk Wieniawski is a tour de force. The work is structured in typical concerto form: three movements - fast, slow, fast. The opening "Allegro" is a modified sonata form, with a long orchestral introduction. Each theme is treated freely and contrapuntally throughout the movement. The solo violin part presents an enormous number of difficult technical issues. The second movement, the "Romance," is a very lyrical movement, which highlights the melodic richness of the violin. The work ends with a vivacious, and at times, jocular, "Rondo."

For more information contact the Coe Music Department at 399-8521.

Wolfgang Dávid
Violinist Wolfgang Dávid has become ensconced on the international stage, both as a recitalist, and as a guest soloist with many of the world's leading orchestras, including a performance of Vivaldi's "Four Seasons" with The New York Virtuosi Chamber Symphony. Dávid's growing reputation is marked in reviews by the likes of Thomas Frost, senior executive producer at Sony Classical, who foresees for him "a significant international concert and recording career." The Washington Post says Dávid has "scaled the heights of music making."

Dávid concertizes widely in Europe, the United States, Russia, Japan, South Korea, India, Egypt, Israel, Turkey, and South Africa. He has been the winner of many competitions and prizes, including the University of Vienna's "Foundation Stefanie Hohl" award, top prize in the Kulenkampff International Competition (Cologne), and the International Music Competition (Pretoria, South Africa).

The musician performs on a violin built in 1731 by Joseph Guarneri del Gesu, Cremona, on exclusive loan to him from the Austrian National Bank.